How to Get Your Skin Ready for Big Life Event


Whether you are attending your 30th reunion or getting married, looking your best on the big day requires some planning. While every bride wants to walk down the aisle with beautiful skin tone and texture and picture-perfect symmetry – achieving the best results with no worrying side-effects requires some planning on the part of you and your aesthetician. Here are a few tips to help brides and others prepare to look their best on their special day and in those photos that will capture these moments for a lifetime.

You want to look refreshed on your big day, but nobody wants to look different, so we recommend a four to six week plan that leaves enough time to safely address any issues associated with boosting your appearance.
Four Weeks Away: We usually consider microdermabrasion at this time if it is called for. The gentle resurfacing brightens the skin tone and stimulates collagen. We can usually administer up to 6 treatments in four weeks prior to picture time.

Three Weeks Away: Now is a good time to consider dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm to smooth out any deep lines or problem wrinkle areas. The results are immediate with no significant down time, but it can take a week or two for the products to settle in and to allow time for any resulting bruising to heal.

Two Weeks Away: About 2 weeks before your event is the time to consider products such as Botox or Dysport cosmetics. These treatments take anywhere from a few days to a week to take full effect. Two weeks gives you time to live with the result, and to do any touchups to help you look your best.

One Week Away: At only one week away, it is not too late to consider a light chemical peel or a glycolic treatment. We offer many procedures and products that give instant results with little or no signs of treatment beyond a beautifully improved skin tone.

Patients seeking more substantial benefits may wish to consider a variety of options from surgical procedures to deeper peels and intense light treatments. If you are considering Laser Hair Removal, we usually recommend starting treatments 6 to 8 weeks in advance. Our latest Pain-free, Hair-Free™ laser techniques take about 5 weekly treatments to give you the smooth glow that you seek. These procedures may each take longer times to present their true endpoints, so a consultation is recommended well in advance of your event.

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Santa Barbara Facial Plastic Surgeon